Install two bee hives in empty lot near Conference Center (S-30)
Jason Taylor, 217-3913235
Two rough-sawn pine wooden bee hives will be installed in an empty lot approximately 200 feet north of the Lincoln Home. The hives, which contain several "drawers" for bees to create honeycomb which can be easily removed, are based on the 1852 Langstroth design (photo attached) that was used throughout the Midwest in the 19th Century. The hives sit directly on the ground. The hives will be visible from the main pedestrian boardwalks through the park, but will be approximately 150 feet away from the boardwalks, located near the fence that divides the lot from the Conference Center (S-30) and the staff parking area. A licensed beekeeper, who also works with other hives located throughout the city of Springfield, will care for the bees and the hives. Installing the hives has been encouraged by the city to support native pollinators. Enough honey will be removed to keep the hive sustained and allow it to grow.